three short things: the carol corps, a laptop, and galleys

It was nice to read this: “The inspiring Captain Marvel #17 pays tribute to fans and sets the stage for the future

I’m not sure why the series has to stop and then re-start again, but it was indeed a pretty special issue of a pretty special book. And, though the writer of this article doesn’t mention it, it does matter that Captain Marvel doesn’t wear some sort of impractical peekaboo superhero costume (unlike, you know, some female superheroes). That sets a certain tone right from the start.

I talked about Captain Marvel before (at the bottom, after the part about Moonrise Kingdom).

Android laptop

As I said in my comment to my post about backups, my one complaint about Android tablets is that it’s entirely too difficult to back things up to external media (hard drives, flash drives).

Well, it turns out that there is a solution to this without leaving the Android world — there are Android laptops, and I’m writing this on one. 🙂 So, all the advantages of Android, plus I can easily copy to external drives.

Galleys and ARCs (Advance Reader Copies)

This kind of puzzled me, I admit: ” Is It Ethical For Bookstores To Sell Uncorrected Proofs?

The questions about bookstores selling advanced reader copies are one thing (I remember record stores that sold review copies of albums, which was also a no-no), but I’ve always assumed that Advance Reader Copies were different  from galleys.

Galleys are, by definition, unfinished, and why would you give them to anybody who didn’t have some responsibility for checking and polishing them? I would think (and I invite clarification if I’m missing something) that if something isn’t final enough to sell, it also isn’t final enough to send to a bookstore to pique their interest. Would you send it to a critic to review?

I have an ARC of A Simplified Map of the Real World (which I’m not selling 🙂 ), and my understanding is that it’s pretty much the final version of the book. On the other hand, I have received beta copies of various works which I’ve read, and which I would never share with anybody.

So, what am I missing?

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